Tayshaun Prince came to the Memphis Grizzlies in late January/early February in the 2012-2013 NBA season as the chief piece in the three-team trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. Prince was the replacement for Gay as the Grizzlies’ starting power forward and, though he wasn’t nearly as productive as Gay, he was solid at the three for Memphis.
Even with the arrival of Mike Miller in Memphis, Prince still figures to be the starter at the small forward in the 2013-2014 season, as well. However, he’s going to have to get back to full-health. Unlike what seems like an absurd number of players around the league, though, Prince isn’t dealing with an injury, but has been incredibly sick with a stomach illness.
According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, Prince, who is already of a rather slight build, has lost 12 to 15 pounds in the preseason as he’s been sidelined with this stomach ailment. Prince added that he’s also been “feeling stale and week” and hasn’t been able to eat much over the past week.
Prince wasn’t greatly effective with the Grizzlies, but he fit into the team’s defensive-minded nature and didn’t cause them any detriment either. However, if he’s down even more weight, he’s going to have a hard time doing that once again unless he puts on the weight that he’s lost. One of the thing that makes Prince valuable is how he’s able to defend multiple types of player on the wing, using his length and bit of strength to defend powerful and speedy players alike.
There’s no word when Prince will return to action, but I would expect that the Grizzlies wait for the veteran to get his legs (and stomach) back under him and get his strength back. If they choose to not do that, he’ll almost certainly struggle trying to get things going.